This assignment will give you practice in forming a thesis statement and supporting an argument with specific evidence.
In a five to six page essay, respond to the following prompt: Consider the place of the Renaissance in Western Civilization—was it the last phase of the Middle Ages or the first phase of the Early Modern Era or was it something else?
Be sure to consider and cite specific social, political, and economic issues and policies of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and early sixteenth centuries (c. 1300 to 1520s) and the causes and results of the Italian Renaissance and Northern Renaissance. Also be sure to clearly and specifically define/describe the Renaissance.
You must go beyond the Spielvogel text (Spielvogel, Western Civilization: A Brief History, vol 1, 7th edition (ISBN 978-0-495-57148-3) please consult and cite at least two books and at least one scholarly journal article from the Library. The use of information from non-academic websites is prohibited. Refer to Rampolla, Section 7 for citation style information.
Your essay should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman with 1” margins on all sides, double-spaced, and have your name and the instructor’s name in the upper right hand corner. Essays will be evaluated based on thesis statement, organization, content, and the use of standard written English. Refer to grading rubric from the course syllabus. Do not use first-person or second-person pronouns (I, we, you, etc.) in your essay.
You do not need a cover page.
You need to include properly formatted footnotes for all direct citations and paraphrased information from the text and documents. Refer to Rampolla, Section 7.
You need to include a bibliography of sources cited in your paper. You must go beyond the Spielvogel text; please consult and cite at least two books and at least one scholarly journal article from the Library. Refer to Rampolla, Section 7.
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